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Plant of the Month: Verbena

Our June Plant of the Month is Verbena (Verbenas or Vervains).

This stunning small size flower with five petals is mostly shades of blue and purple, but can be found in white or pink. They require little care and are great for attracting butterflys and hummingbirds. Once they have matured they will spread out to make a good ground covering for your landscape.

Verbena plants are drought-resistant and will do well in either partial or full sun. They prefer well-drained, average soils.

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Plant of the Month: Moss Rose

Moss Rose. This annual flower is perfect for hot and dry areas. It makes the perfect ground covering plant as well, so if you have large areas that you need to cover, Moss Rose is an easy plant to utilize in this situation. Moss Rose comes in many colors as well – so there are many choices available no matter what color palette you have planned for your yard or garden.

Choose blooms in bright reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and pinks! Moss rose grows 4-8 inches tall and spreads up to 2 feet.  Interestingly enough, the newer batches of this flower stay open longer during the day – the older batches open at noon and close at dusk. When its cloudy, they may stay closed all day.

Again, choose a hot, dry area. This plant needs full sun, at least 6-8 hours daily. Rock gardens, between pavers, along driveways, walkways and sidewalks are good spots. Keep in mind, they also need good drainage.

Make sure and dead head these as well so that you can enjoy a healthy plant.
Fertilize Moss rose twice – once in mid-summer and once in late summer.

Happy gardening!

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Top 10 Indoor Plants

If you love your foliage and are stuck inside because of the cold, don’t worry, you can still have your plants and grow them too!

Here is a list of the top 10 indoor plants to help you get through the cold winter months.

1. Peace lily – This is a great indoor plant that is small enough to be placed on your table top or anywhere you like. It has long stems and elegant white flowers, perfect for any décor!

2. Philodendron – If you’re thumb isn’t the greenest, this average sized plant is perfect foryou! It requires little light and works well in hallways or darker areas.

3. Weeping fig – This is one tough little tree, but great for indoors. Its leaves are small and shiny and is sometimes available in other forms such as a ‘lollipop’ tree.

4. Dracaena ‘Happy Plant’ – This plant needs moderate watering and does best in spaces with medium light.

5. Syngonium – Not keen on bugs, consider this insect resistant plant! The Syngonium loves humidity and loves to be misted regularly.

6. Silver queen (a.k.a. Chinese evergreen) – Very attractive indoor plant that normally runs on the small side, enjoys a mild climate and does well in low light.

7. Lady palm – This plant sounds high maintenance, but you’ll be surprised! Keep it watered and out of direct light, and its happy. Keep in mind it grows very slow and can be quite pricey.

8. Stromanthe – Double your pleasure with this gorgeous mult-color plant. The leaves are a deep green and underneath present a rich purple hue. This plant loves bright light and misting.

9. Rubber plant – This plant is great for households that might have children eager to touch plants and explore. It is bred for toughness and survives in low light. It tends to grow on the large size and is content in a dry environment.

10. Kentia palm – Very elegant, and quite tall, this plant has feather-like fronds and survives in low light as well as brighter areas.

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Don’t Let Your Plants Get Thirsty…

Do you have problems keeping your house plants watered?  Not sure what to do with your house plants when you are on vacation?

Now on sale, the CobraCo® Plant Sitter™ Water System is a patented automatic watering system that provides a healthy well-balanced diet of water & fertilizer for your plants.  Includes a 1 quart tank and ceramic sensor and fits almost any planter.

The CobraCo® Plant Sitter™ provides drip irrigation for a houseplant up to 3 weeks, so it’s ideal for when you are away from home on vacation. This patented automatic watering system includes replacement sensors. And right now you can save $10 with your purchase.

Growing Flowers Outdoors

Before investing time…and labor…in planting and cultivating flowers, you might want to invest a little time into some research and planning before you begin.

For openers, you’ll want to choose the right plants and flowers for your gardening beds. With a little research, you can make some decisions among the three classifications of flowers. Annuals grow from seeds, bloom the current year, then die. Perennials grow from seeds the first year, but don’t produce flowers until the following year. After that, they will re-grow and bloom for years to come. Biennials grow as small plants in the first year they are planted, bloom in the second year and then die.

As for planning, there are four factors that should work together to make your garden a success: sun light, temperature, the soil/fertilizer, and the amount of moisture Continue reading

Suggested Plantings for Sun and Shade

Typically, when most of us think about gardening, we’re thinking about plants and flowers planted, cultivated and grown in full sunlight. But there are abundant opportunities that can produce pleasant results when we expand our planting to partial sun and shade.

Some definitions: Full Sun means at least 6 full hours of direct sunlight. Partial Sun / Partial Shade are used interchangeably to mean 3 – 6 hours of sun each day, usually better in the  morning and early afternoon.  Partial Shade means the plant need some relief from intense late afternoon sun. Dappled Sun is similar to partial shade but sunlight is filtered through the branches of a deciduous tree.  Examples are some Continue reading

Gardening and the Environment

You’d don’t need to become an eco-warrior to get on friendly terms with the environment. In fact, you can start small…literally in your own backyard. Here are a few suggestions.

In the Yard
Plant a few trees, shrubbery or flowers around your property. Weed and mulch shrubbery beds. Don’t over-water your lawn. Make sure you completely shut off the water source when you’re finished. Use your mower to mulch lawn clippings as a good self-fertilizer and to help re-seed. If you bag clippings, recycle them as mulch laid in thick layers in the areas between rows of your vegetable garden.

On the Deck, Patio and Porch
If you’re growing plants in containers, consider biodegradable coco liners. They’ll help Continue reading

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Design & Decorating Tips

Decorating with outdoor plants is a great way to introduce visual interest and a personal, creative touch to your home. The variety of shapes, the range of color, and the natural textures of living elements make your design choices as unique as they are limitless.

Using Containers
Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you a wide range of design versatility. Choose containers that will complement the landscaping design style of your outside space.

Think about using eco-friendly, all natural coco liners. They make great container liners, particularly for wire and metal planters, stands and hanging baskets. They keep Continue reading

Starting with Seeds

Want to really begin your gardening experience from the ground up? Then you might want to start with seeds.

If that sounds like a challenge you’d like to take on, you have some decisions to make from the very beginning. Namely, what do I want to grow? Flowers? Vegetables? Herbs? Fortunately, whatever you decide, you’re probably going to purchase seeds that are commercially-produced, so that’s a leg up.

Commercially-produced garden seeds typically are packaged with valuable information to make your garden a success. After all, you won’t buy more seeds next year if they don’t take this year. Consequently, these packages will tell you when to sow your seeds, whether they require full sun or partial shade, the ideal temperature for gemination, when and how to space the seedlings, and how large the plants are likely Continue reading

Fall Gardening

Not ready to abandon the pleasures of gardening just because fall is approaching? Here are a few ideas to keep your hand in and to make sure your green thumb stays green.

Planting Bulbs in the Fall
The most obvious solution is to consider planting bulbs in the fall for flowers that will bloom in the spring. Dormant over the summer months, bulbs break dormancy during low temperatures so that growth can resume in fall and early winter. As a general guideline, you can plant your bulbs between mid-August until the soil freezes depending on the species.

Planting Vegetables in the Fall
Planting a vegetable garden in the fall may even be easier than gardening during the summer. Think about it: none of those perspiration-drenched days during hot and Continue reading